Senior Travel Print Resources
Reviewed by Senior Travel Editor Alison Gardner
A Senior’s Guide to Healthy Travel by Donald Sullivan (Career Press, Inc.). A concise source for prevention and self-treatment of ailments encountered in travel.
Avalon Travel Publishing’s Living Abroad In series, www.livingabroadin.com, brings reality to the dream of living or traveling for an extended period in a foreign country. Guides to Belize, Nicaragua, Italy, Japan, France, Mexico, Ireland, Spain, China, and Costa Rica are already on the shelf, with more to be added in future. While the series speaks to the interests of students and young professionals as well as those in retirement, its descriptions of desirable living regions and practical advice on living abroad are clearly valuable to seniors searching for an adventurous lifestyle on a retirement income.
Connecting: Solo Travel News, 689 Park Rd., Unit 6, Gibsons, BC V0N 1V7, Canada; 800-557-1757 or 604-886-9099, fax 604-608-2139; firstname.lastname@example.org, www.cstn.org. With its slogan "Travel Alone Not Lonely," CSTN offers a densely-packed bimonthly newsletter, as well as a comprehensive website and a valuable Single-Friendly Travel Directory. With close to 50 percent of members in the 50-plus age group, special attention is paid to mature single and solo travel; about 60 percent of members are women. All tours featured must have either no or very low single supplement or guarantee room share rates. The annual membership includes six issues of Connecting: Solo Travel News, access to three e-publications—Single-Friendly Travel Directory, Go Solo Tips, and Going Solo Tales—and online networking through travel companion ads, advice, lodging, and hospitality exchanges.
Creaky Traveler series by Warren Rovetch (Sentient Publications, 866-588-9846, www.sentientpublications.com) is a charming and humorous, yet entirely practical, destination resource for independent senior travelers. The series is summed up in its subtitle: “A Journey for the Mobile But Not Agile.” Published in late 2002, The Creaky Traveler in the North West Highlands of Scotland was joined in Spring 2006 by The Creaky Traveler in Ireland—Clare, Kerry and West Cork.
The Grown Up's Guide to Retiring Abroad by Rosanne Knorr (Ten Speed Press). A country-by-country guide providing tips and info for retiring abroad.
The Mexico File, 5580 La Jolla Blvd., Ste. 306, La Jolla, CA 92037; 800-563-0345, Tel./fax 858-312-6094; email@example.com, www.mexicofile.com. Eight-page print newsletter in color, published 10 times a year, and the continually updated Mexico File website both speak to the independent traveler who wants a deeper, richer experience of the country than beaches and margueritas. Over 50 percent of subscribers are senior travelers, with both publication and website increasingly addressing retirement issues and destinations. Mailed subscription: $39 in the U.S.; $49 outside the U.S. PDF format available for $18 per year. Newsletter owner, David Simmonds, is also an expert consultant in relocation/retirement to all parts of Mexico, www.movetomexico.com.
The New Golden Door to Retirement and Living in Costa Rica by Christopher Howard. Relocation and retirement consultant, Christopher Howard, offers in-depth insights and nuts-and-bolts information for people who are thinking of living there full- or part-time. The author also offers “Relocation Retirement Tours to Costa Rica”—Latin America’s premier retirement haven, see www.liveincostarica.com.
The Practical Nomad: How to Travel Around the World by Edward Hasbrouck (Avalon Travel Publishing, 3rd ed., 2004). The ultimate guide to independent international travel whether you are a first-time trekker or an experienced explorer. Its sister publication, The Practical Nomad: Guide to the Online Travel Marketplace by Edward Hasbrouck (Avalon Travel Publishing, 2001), coaches techno-savvy readers on how to take full advantage of today’s most powerful travel resource: the Internet.
Rick Steves is the ultimate grassroots respectful and respectable American ambassador to Europe with his “Europe Through the Back Door” country guides, city guides, and acclaimed video/DVD series. Check his web site, www.ricksteves.com, for all resources, mostly available through bookstores.
Travel with a Challenge web magazine, www.travelwithachallenge.com, is a global travel resource, updated monthly, that speaks directly to the mature/senior traveler through richly illustrated feature articles and fast-breaking travel news around the following alternative travel themes: ecological, educational, cultural/historical, and volunteer vacations worldwide. Also check out prize draws and discounts on the homepage. This 6-year-old publication attracts 940,000+ dedicated readers a year from 160 countries.
Unbelievably Good Deals and Great Adventures That You Absolutely Can't Get Unless You're Over 50, by Joan Rattner Heilman (McGraw-Hill). Now in its 16th edition, this book offers 300+ pages of invaluable tips on exploiting your age when it comes to transportation, accommodations, tours and learning opportunities, and much more.
How to Live Your Dream of Volunteering Overseas, www.volunteeroverseas.org, by Joseph Collins, Stefano DeZerega, and Zahara Heckscher (Penguin, 2001, 496 pages) is a guide that provides all the necessary information on volunteering in Latin America, Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and Eastern Europe. Definitely speaks to seniors as well as younger volunteers; presented in a user-friendly format that includes case studies, worksheets, and quotes from international volunteers.
Volunteer Vacations: Short-Term Adventures That Will Benefit You and Others by Bill McMillon (Chicago Review Press). As Ed Asner says in the forward of this invaluable and inspiring book, "Try a volunteer vacation. The world will be better for it—and so will you."